You've probably noticed bottles of McClary Bros. Drinking Vinegars behind the bar at your favorite watering hole. They're most often used in craft cocktails. But owner Jess Sanchez McClary wants everyone to know that there's so much more to her drinking vinegars than mixed drinks. That's why she's taking the leap and going brick and mortar with a new tasting room at 32621 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. A grand opening celebration for the new spot is set for noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, which includes vinegar samples, food and drink demonstrations, giveaways, and face painting for the kids.
We first came into contact with McClary and her wonder tonics when she was a finalist for the Comerica Bank Hatch Detroit contest. She was passing out samples of her unusual shrubs to folks as part of a showcase for contestants. She didn't win, but that recognition caught her enough attention to secure deals with area bars and restaurants, as well as at Meijer, which sells her product.
In September, McClary faced off with the sharks of ABC's Shark Tank and gained even more exposure. Now with the tasting room, she hopes to show folks that people of all ages can enjoy her vinegars, not just hipsters in faux speakeasies.